Animal Stories - Senegal Parrot


Animal-World Information about: Senegal Parrot

   Senegal Parrots are known for their acrobatics, their mischievousness, and their passion!
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Kevin westney - 2013-11-07
What temperture for breeding senegals in outside shed thanks

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-11-07
    Parrot species originate from places with warm, tropical climates. For most parrots the comfort range is between 65º to 80º Fahrenheit, with an average ambient (room or outside) temperature of 72º being good for most. They can withstand a much broader range, however, of 40-90º Fahrenheit, but for this they need time to adjust. Any quick drop in temperature can be devastating to both their comfort and health and more extreme temperatures may not inspire breeding. Also make sure they are in a draft free area.

    A newly-hatched baby needs a temperature of at least 95-98º Fahrenheit (in hand rearing situations this usually provided by some sort of artificial heat). As they grow to the pinfeather stage (at around 4 weeks of age) they can be kept at room temperature of about 72º Fahrenheit.
  • Shawn - 2019-08-03
    You know best! I'm sure.
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Diane - 2018-10-22
I have a Senegal Parrot that is about 26 years old and I have had him since he was a baby. Why would he/she lay a couple of eggs now?? I’m sure the age is correct and always assumed Kiwi was a male. Can someone explain this to me, please. There were two eggs in the cage today and this has NEVER happened before.

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Robert - 2018-02-26
I have a Senegal/Meyer Parrot. Got him 2 years ago from a women who had him for 10 years. I am assuming it is a male as it has never laid any eggs. I actually got him for my wife who feeds him, cleans his cage, talks to him, sings and dances with him. Only problem is, He attacks her and loves me. He has bitten her many many times drawing blood. If we are both in the kitchen and he is walking around he will attack her feet but sit on my foot. He screams alot too. Any ideas why he does this? Also it seems as if he is afraid to fly. He will climb and walk but not take flight unless startled. And when he flies, he crashes into walls and windows. Like he does not know how to land.

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  • Howie - 2018-05-18
    Robert, he does not know how to fly. I have the same problem. You must teach him. If he is like mine, he knows two directions. Straight ahead and straight up. Mine few away from me and I know he was scared to come down. Work with him, like I do with mine, so he can control his flight. I got my baby back after 2 days of being in a tree.
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Lana - 2018-03-12
My Senegal,Piglet,is almost 22.She was 3 months when we bought her. At first she was my bird,extremely affectionate, and very bright. She learned word quickly and tricks in 5 minutes.She tolerated my husband but we socialized her so she went to everyone.Then she became my husband's bird and would shriek whenever approached. I worked with her and she began to tolerate me. She is very territorial now but only in the kitchen. She growels,gives a judo chop and does other aggressive displays when I am around.If she is up higher than me, on a cupboard, she will attack and bite.drawing blood.We have a Pineapple con ure,another victim of her attacks ,but Gumdrop is too fast to be hurt.Piglet is jealous,I know,but extremely territorial in the kitchen. She is not afraid of me. I can hand feed her and occasionally she gets on my shoulder when she wants a ride.One person advised me to flap my wings like an agressive bird display.It worked but only a few times.Sometimes she approaches me and asks for a kiss or to be petted.I sing German lieder to her and she really likes that. She has destroyed furniture,molding and cupboards with her might beak.That is my husband's fault as he does not stop her.Recently she has discovered telephone books and prefers those however.Aside from those rare times of affection,she has bitten my big toe so hard that I had to wear a larger shoe for a week or bitten my ear. Piglet is obsessive..You can remove her from a spot and she will go right back,while you are standing there. Then,if my husband listens to me,she gets a time out in her cage for 5 minutes.She is afraid of brooms.Once when I was sweeping the kitchen,she attacked me. I moved the broom and she fled. I could re-home her but she adores my husband. She would mourn.Also who will take a bird who destroys a house better than a termite, dive bombs everyone not her favorite person and attacks the only other bird in the house. She learned how to crawl into our kitchen cupboards and we have to take tent ties and put them on our cupboard doors. What can we do to curb her proclivities of jealousy and territorialism? If she is in the kitchen,I avoid going in there.I approach her in all other areas of the house.She also hates cameras and I have stopped taking pictures of her. She is a family member. If she were a child,she would have gotten counseling long before this. Is there a bird psychiatrist?

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peter - 2017-08-20
my mail Senegal parrot is vary noisy and clingy he sits on my Leather sofa which he got he eye on to have a go at then he peak back of my hair it is August is it mating time is that why he like this?

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Andy Zhao - 2016-11-03
My Senegal parrot escaped from his previous owner. One day morning,it was actually Sep 12 2015, he showed up at the front door of our office. Since he was so thirsty and hungry, it is not difficult for one of our warehouse guy to catch him. It soon he flew away, but came back and got aught again. This time our guys put him in a plastic beer case and covered the top. When I came in, i know he needed water and food. And I quickly googled the letters and numbers on his band, no result. So I decided to keep him, so I quickly drove to pets mart and got a cage. Later I took him to a few bird store in the area and found out his breeder went out business more than 5 years ago. It's impossible to return him to his previous owner. First a few month, he was so depressed. Often stay in the cage, not coming out even I peft the door open. He bites me really hard too. I kept putting him on a training stand, and talk to him whenever possible. One day, he started chasing me, finding me. Since then, he was very bonded to me. I don't know his age, birds store said he is betweeb 10-20, I use Sep 12 as his birthday. Now it has been more than a year, I enjoy so much love from him. He is quite when I am home. A little boizy if I come home late. Very talkative sometimes. I decided bot to train him for any trick. He is a very natural happy Senegal parrot now!

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Gabby - 2008-10-03
Alas, fellow Senegal lovers it seems we are destined to try to please what can be a very moody bird species. I have two Sengal parrots. Scooter, the male, is 20 (yes, that's twenty!)years old. I got him at 4 weeks of age and he has only just become more predictable in his behavior. I am hoping his hormone levels have peaked and are now on the decline that will hopefully lead to more dependable, good behavior. For many years, he would give me severe bites on the hands, arms, and face. These bites were always unexpected and I could never really pin down what might have sent him over the edge. I have read everything out there on Sengal behavior and what has worked best for Scooter and I are boundaries and setting limits. I do not let him have the run of the house and return him to his cage periodically and latch the door to reinforce his dependency on me. If he goes through a spell where he acts as if doesn't respect me, I will take him out of his environment and upset his comfort level with a trip to the post office, etc. so that he again views me as his safety net. Keeping their nails groomed and wings trimmed is especially important- an independent Senegal can get pretty full of himself. Track on a calandar what months you seem to be having the most behavioral problems. It could be cyclic with hormones and the seasons. Don't give up! Maintain the commitment you made to your Senegal when you first got it. Be aware of your Senegals body language and know the signals- flashing eyes, low aggressive stance, etc. Sengals should not be placed on your head (Scooter leaned over and bit my eyelid) and shoulder time is stongly discouraged. There is a reason the pirates with parrots wear eye patches! There is no reason that you can't enjoy your Sengal for as many years as I have plus 20 to 30 more.

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  • Anonymous - 2013-08-13
    Just about to get a rescue bird, thanks for positive flow. I know this love is love. You step in, never give in. Animals rock, god bless.
  • Olivia Verde - 2016-06-28
    Hi,, i have babysat my son's Senegal for 6 weeks. There are ways with birds..you do have to tune in to their moods..But that seems pretty easy for me anyway. It's just an instinct or something. I can see where it would be easy to have the bird get into biting, etc. but if one knows how to handle, it will not develop into a problem. Anyway, i found your post a little on the negative side. Yes, they need strong boundaries, but they also need to be tuned in to, this bird now sits on my should (A LOT!) and he loves it and so do I. He will nibble at me if he wants his neck rubbed! Adorable. He can get lightly 'bitey' but that is just 'normal' as far as I can see. Sometimes when he is IN the cage, he can act like he might bite me..but I just move on and interest him in something else..i can see where that could get into a habit..if not handled with love and patience..and yes, some boundaries. I knew my son had taught him No! because when I first strongly said NO to him...he just STOPPED in his tracks! Anyway, we all have our personalities as do our birds. Gentle like with a toddler perhaps. Wants to get into everything, and yes they must be watched closely, or can get into real trouble. He loves being with me, but he surely also entertains himself. He LOVES chewing, they need LOTS Of things to shred, and really get their beak into! If they don't have that, yes, they will have to get that extra energy out somehow. He loves to shred corks, and chew on toothbrushes! clean new ones, natch. and stick pen caps, etc. Wood of course (such as the dining room chair..until I saw, and covered it with a piece of cloth. And i wear what I call a 's**t shirt when he's on my shoulder..he'll chew on that too.
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Julie Nicosia - 2016-05-16
I have my late husband Senegal Parrot. He got him as a baby, 8 yrs later his wife and Neice's use to load covers on him day time and shake the cage telling him to shut up. I met him a few years later. It was love at first sight. We danced, I sang to him. My husband pasted away 2 years ago. We have been real close. But sometimes he bites. I spoil him, his on the exotic Parrot food, Lafeber's Nutri-Berries. Before he was malnourished because the store food is not for Parrots. So he is in good health, even a big cage with lots of to yes he plays with or both of us. I was petting him and reached back and bit me hanging on. Why? He knows I won't touch him again for a while. He don't like that. I just want him to be loveable and trust worthy to hold him on my shoulder and cuddle. Any answers?

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Rachel - 2014-06-03
My Senegal parrot escaped three weeks ago. When he got out, he was in the early stages of puberty: lots of molting, his eyes beginning to change color from grey to a definite yellow. Four days ago, I got a call that he had been found and went to pick him up. The found parrot is farther into puberty, with orange eyes with dark circles around them and very bright plumage. So my question is: is it possible it is the same parrot? It is friendly toward me but, so far, does not show any of the behaviors I had known my parrot to. However, the combination of puberty and three weeks in the wild, plus the fact that he's only just gotten home ... he might just be tired and stressed. Any advice?

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  • Ally - 2015-01-24
    I'mm 80% sure that's probably your bird. I mean, I don't think theres a huge amount of pet Senegals getting loose, you know?
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Lorna - 2014-08-24
Is is normal for my Senegal to put his head in his water dish and make himself wet all over by flicking the water?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-08-26
    Yeah, he's fine doing that, he just wants to take a bath. You could also try providing him with a bird bath - flat dish with lukewarm water on the bottom of the cage - and see if he likes that, or using a misting bottle with a gentle spray may be appreciated.
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